On Future Advice for Freshmen

At 10-years-old I knew I wanted to attend Central Michigan University.

I never knew what I wanted to major in until high school, but I knew I wanted to make all of my college memories at CMU. I was so pumped and excited to start a new chapter of my life and I was ready to say ‘goodbye’ to high school and ‘hello’ to college.

My first year of college was by far an interesting one. From piles of papers to performances to exams, it was overwhelming to say the least. It forced me to realize how my actions affected others and how I am with different kinds of people. I was always talking to someone or doing something which made things fun and exciting, but also stressful and difficult.

So, with the wisdom I’ve gained from my freshman year, here are some pointers for those who are ending their first semester.

Never be Afraid to Ask Questions

Even if you spent first semester at the back of the classroom nervous to talk to your professor, just know that your professors are there to help you and no question is a dumb question.

Who knows, you may even find yourself asking them for a letter of recommendation in a couple years.

Get Involved

Haven’t broken out of your shell yet? Start now.

I was fortunate enough to attend Main Stage at the start of the school year and discover what type of things I may take an interest, but many don’t do this.

Many freshmen believe that as newbies they need to get acquainted with the campus before they break out of their shell. This is completely false. Your time here is incredibly short and you would hate to wake up and have it be your last day of senior year and never be involved anywhere.

Get Out of your Comfort Zone

Whatever it may be, try to push your comfort level.

For me personally, it was Greek Life. The thought of being in Greek Life scared me and I never wanted anything to do with it. This quickly changed when I rushed Phi Sigma Pi the second semester of my freshmen year and I am currently a Brother.

Stay Focused

I know this was difficult for me because I have a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out), but stay focused. Remind yourself your reason for being here and understand that saying no doesn’t make you any less of an awesome person.

Things happen and people are usually pretty understanding – even if you can’t make it to that one pint night that all your friends are going to. Just know it’s, OK.

At CMU I’ve built friendships, made memories and met with some pretty incredible people. College has taught me that anything is possible. If you have the passion and the drive you can be successful and you will be successful.

My freshman year has ultimately taught me that time-management is a difficult thing to have and being a student is much harder than it looks.

And remember, that by getting an education you’re doing something that not everyone does or has the privileges to be able to do. Cory Cole, a counselor of Central Michigan’s campus says, “Being a student is a skill that not everyone possesses.” I believe that speaks for itself.